Pediatric Musculoskeletal Complaints

  • K. Anjali Singh
  • Keith Gabriel


Pediatric musculoskeletal concerns can be challenging for the clinician because of the age and communication ability of the patient. In addition, pediatric orthopedic conditions are of particular concern to parents and healthcare providers alike, as the presence of growth plates leads to concerns about lifelong consequences to poor healing. There are certainly many pediatric conditions which are best cared for by pediatric orthopedic specialists, but many other conditions can be safely managed in the primary care clinician’s office. A reasonable general rule of thumb is to refer pediatric patients with musculoskeletal complaints that are potentially serious, difficult to diagnose, or involve joints or areas which are prone to poor healing or poor outcomes.


Femoral Head Growth Plate External Rotation Slip Capital Femoral Epiphysis Musculoskeletal Complaint 
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Suggested Reading

  1. 1.
    Morrissy RT, Weinstein SL (2006) Lovell and Winter’s pediatric orthopaedics, 6th edn. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PAGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Albright, Sadasivan (1998) Orthopaedics student syllabus. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport, 1998Google Scholar

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© Springer Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Orthopaedics, Department of SurgerySIU School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA

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